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u.s. drone strikes. >>> another asteroid warning. look up, look out, and let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm tom foreman in for erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, no guns, no alcohol, but no jail either. tonight the olympic blade runner oscar pistorius is free. >> i come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> south africa's chief magistrate told the courtroom early this morning pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, is not a flight risk and would not commit more violence if released from jail. and with that, pistorius met the requirements for bail which was set at about $112,000 u.s. pistorius is believed to be staying at his uncle's home. he's had to surrender his passports and guns. he must report to police twice a week and refrain from consuming alcohol. the pistorius family members shook hands after the decision and proclaimed oscar's innocence. >> we know oscar's version of what happened. that tragic night. and we know that that is the truth. and that will prevail. >> but will that version of events add up when pisto
of millions to finance the u.s. postal service cycling team, filed in 2010 by floyd landis. to the feds have a case? paul callan, how important is it that the feds are jumping in? >> this is very, very big. what it indicates is the federal government, justice department, have faith there's a legitimate suit here. this false claims act was started in the civil war when the u.s. government was being defrauded by contractors and it said, basically, if you're a worker and you see fraud and you start a lawsuit, we're going to reward you with 15% to 30% of what you recover. this could be a huge lawsuit, $100 million lawsuit, a lot of money at stake for the government and floyd landis, armstrong's teammate. >> let me ask you about the law and math. here's a statement from armstrong's attorney. lance and his representatives worked constructively with federal lawyers to resolve this case fairly. those talks failed because we disagree whether the postal service was damaged. the postal service's own studies show the service benefited tremendously from sponsorship, we know the postal service put in abou
cameron as he introduces himself to some of the main u.s. allies. >> he's visiting nine countries as part of this 11-day trip. next stop germany. he also called the head of the syrian opposition group today to encourage him to come to the friends of syria meeting in rome. >> wow. the opposition group said on friday it would boycott that meeting because of a lack of support from the international community. >> we are determined that the syrian opposition is not going to be dangling in the wind, wondering where the support is or if it's coming. and we are determined to change the calculation on the ground for president assad. >> in new orleans the federal government and an army of lawyers for oil giant bp are ready to battle it out. a trial getting under way. >> bp wants to limit the civilian penalties it's got to pay for the worst oil spill in u.s. history almost three years ago. billions of dollars are now at stake. >>> now back to the vatican in crisis. pope benedict's final days now overshadowed by -- you're talking about allegations of abuse, sex, blackmail, prostitutes. >> again. now
in the united states on this? >> there is no official reaction from the u.s. government. of course, the u.s. was expecting this ted stevens morning. was speaking to an official that said the test could come any time. obviously they have been bracing for it. right now a lot of frantic telephone calls going on. not only within the u.s. government but also in south korea. the new secretary of state, john kerry, spoke to the south korean foreign minister just moments ago about the latest nuclear test and now everybody is trying to get their diplomatic ducks in a row. everybody getting on the same page. there will be a security council meeting tomorrow morning, 11:00 eastern time. to discuss the next response and that is what the question is. what will the traffic there? will the chinese sign on to the tough resolution that the united states is looking for? will they set on to tough sanctions. it is unclear at this point what china will agree to and that is the best the u.s. can hope for in terms of getting anything out of the u.n. security council. then i also understand the united states is al
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
unknown and officials don't know if it was an accident or murder. >>> of lance armstrong and the u.s. postal service cycling team received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. now the u.s. government wants it back. the justice department says it will join the lawsuit filed by former teammate floyd landis. that suit alleges armstrong and managers defrauded the government by using performance enhancing substances in violation of sponsorship rules. >>> and now, a new winter storm in the northeast. once again up to 10 inches of snow possible for parts of new england this weekend. boston still has remnants of that big blizzard that hit just two weeks ago, if you recall. and even after the streets were cleared, the city was left with a whole lot of potholes to fill. karen mcginnis back in the weather center, here we go again. >> the third weekend in a row but not like what we saw early part of february, fred, when they got blasted with about 24 inches of snow. this one going to pack a little bit of a punch. the computer models were all over the place. yes, snow on the way not just
political contributor the democratic strategist hilary rosen and the former u.s. senator from minnesota and former romney foreign policy adviser norm coleman. guys, thanks very much for coming in. the speaker just met with reporters on the hill. i'll play a little clip. this was his message. >> listen, hope springs eternal. the president can sit down with harry reid tonight and work with senate democrats who have the majority in the senate to move a bill. it's time for them to act. i've made this clear for months now. and yet we've seen nothing. >> now, he wants them, senator, to move legislation that passed in the last congress. the last congress is irrelevant right now. you need new legislation in order to pass a bill. >> wolf, what's not irrelevant is last congress we had the tax increase. so now it's spending cut time. the president doesn't want to to the spending cut. we had the tax increase -- >> right now, to avert this fiscal crisis we have right now, these forced spending cuts, you need a new bill. you can't use a bill from the old congress. >> the president -- you know what, a
sprinter oscar pistorius has dropped out of several races including one set for april in the u.s. although he is under contract to run, the management company said he dropped out to deal with the charges he now faces. he is accused of shooting his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. >>> sanchez seen here on the left had been refused an exit visa for years. she's headed on an 80-day tour of ten countries, including the u.s. sanchez says she doesn't plan to temper her criticism of life in cuba just because she got the exit visa. she acknowledges it could be her last trip out of the country. >>> a bigger than normal crowd packed the vatican city today. it's the second to the last time pope benedict xvi will address crowds from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. over 100,000 people turned out to hear pope benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story from rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate angeles prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next p
. >>> there could be another addition to the president's cabinet this week. the u.s. senate is expected to vote on chuck hagel as secretary of defense. democrats believe they have the votes to confirm hagel, despite opposition to the pick from hagel's own republican party. >>> the president and congress go back to work this week and high on their agenda, the forced spending cuts, if they don't reach a budget deal by friday, $85 billion across-the-board cut goes into effect. this will have an impact for all of us, meats inspection, public safety, longer lines at security checkpoints at the airport. candy crowley anchors "state of the union." you spoke with ray lahood, transportation secretary about the cuts. here is a portion of what he had to say. >> we are going to look at everything we possibly can to get to where we need to be, which is about $600 million in cuts. but we can't do it without also furloughing people. >> who is feeling the most pressure to feel these cuts? >> if you watch carefully, i don't think anybody is feeling that much pressure. last weeks, congress was out on recess, the
on thursday. we'll take you live to vatican city for this historic event. >>> back here in the u.s. now where we're watching the fallout from a fiery wreck in daytona beach, florida. the crash on the last lap of the race sent debris flying into the stands. 28 spectators were injured. want to bring in joe carter live from daytona. joe, any update. are you hearing how the injured fans are doing? >> yes, good morning to you, susan. yes, cnn can confirm that as of 5:30 this morning there were four patients remaining at the halifax medical center the location in daytona beach and three of those four patients do remain in the intensive care unit. one of those icu patients is a male minor. now yesterday joey the speedway president did confirm that 28 people, 28 spectators were hospitalized and 14 were treated at the track hospital and 14 were taken off site to local hospitals. to recap what happened yesterday. this was the final lap of the race, it was a clumatic moment in the race. cars going around 200 inches per hour just inches from each other. regan smith was leading the race and tried to do a
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
the come back of the u.s. manufacturing industries and the jobs for the middle class that they create and double downed on his calls for new spending on education and jobs. our chief analyst engineer yeah borrow injury is walking into "the situation room" with more of the fallout from the speech. clearly he's doubling down on a very ambitious agenda. >> yeah. this is a second-term president who is not scaling back here at all, wolf. he comes to the state of the union speech and second term with a lot of ambition. what we saw last night was a president who was not so much reaching out to members of congress as he was reaching over their heads to the american people. he is making a bed here through executive action, he's doing some things on cybersecurity, for example, that he can take his solutions to the problems of this country to the american people and say, i'm on the side of the middle class and the republicans are not. now, there is a risk in this for the president because the republicans are saying, you know what, americans don't want to raise any more taxes. they are tired of t
becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind the tinted window of the silver land rover, a glimpse of osca
, mississippi. >> anderson, a new blizzard is hitting the u.s. up to 15 inches of snow fell across parts of seven upper midwest states. minnesota and the dakotas are taking the biggest punch. meanwhile, residents in the northeast continue to dig out from this weekend's massive blizzard. up to 40 inches of snow fell in hamden, connecticut. about 2 feet of snow is on the ground and boston and parts of long island, new york. >>> about 20 survivors of gun violence including gabby giffords and her husband, are expected to be in the audience for tomorrow night's state of the union address by president obama. each survivor will be a guest of a member of congress. giffords survived a shooting in tucson two years ago. >>> well, president obama is expected to talk about his push for gun legislation as well as jobs, the economy, and more tomorrow night. >>> former staff sergeant clint romesha will also be a guest at the state of the union address. romesha was awarded the medal of honor for courageous actions during a nearly 13-hour fire fight in afghanistan that left eight americans dead. romesha's
this has happened. ikea writes u.s. product is only meat products. it could be beef. the united states does not slaughter horses, does not import horse meat from other countries. we'll have a lot more on this and whether that adds up later on this week. >> an "outfront" update to a story we brought you first, the gas explosion. it happened during this hour at a restaurant. one person was killed in kansas city, missouri, in that accident. we have learned that the company laying cable prior to the explosion at jj's excavating didn't have a proper permit for excavation. the permit violation carries a $5,000 fine and maybe up to six months of jail. authorities still don't know what actually caused the gas to ignite. to say it again, somebody was killed. >> it has been 571 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? by looking at washington, not much. four days until forced spending cuts going into effect, and the dow posted its worst day of the year, down 216 points. >> our fourth story "outfront," accusations of sex, blackmail, and abuse. the vatican is in
sweep 5000 power brush. >>> welcome back to "around the world." if you thought the u.s. congress was stuck in grid las vegas, take a look at italy. that in political chaos after a election without a winner. >> the center left party, they won the vote by a slim majority. the problem is they don't have enough seats in the italian senate to actually form a government. and the current prime minister, mario monti, he finished a distant fourth. >> what threw a wrench into all of this a big vote for a protest party led by famous italian comedian, a guy named beppe grillo. controversial former prime minister sill lsilvio berluscon is not out of the picture. >> an amazing country politically. italy's the third biggest economy in europe. it got the second biggest debt burdenen in europe. investors do not like the outcome of the election. >> we watched it. the dow dropping 200 points after results came out. the european markets taking a big drop when it opened this morning. richard quest out of london, tell us what is happening. what is the reaction? >> reporter: most dramatic reaction on t
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of the u.s. military fighting in afghanistan and, i believe, iraq as well. jake tapper is here. jake, you wrote a powerful book on this struggle in which clint romesha played such a critical role and we see the president now meeting with some family members of those who didn't necessarily make it out of that battle. your book tells the story. what do you think? you spent a lot of time with clint romesha. jake, tell us what you think was going through his mind as we heard all of these words. >> just one other point before we get to that, the president right there saying hi to the son of justin gallegos and the daughter of josh kirk, two men who did not make it back. the white house making a point of making sure the president would meet the children of the eight men who were fallen. but to answer your question, wolf, clint romesha is -- has been all weekend very uncomfortable with the attention. he is not one who seeks the limelight. he is the quintessential soldier who talks about how he did this for his buddies and he didn't do anything other than his job and he still is haunted by the ei
s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the nearest port in mexico. >>> he's the leader of more than 1 billion catholics worldwide. pope benedict xvi says he no longer has the strength the job requires. he is resigning end of the month. he became the pope in 2005, he had to deal with a string of scandals, including new allegations of sexual abuse by priests, i want to bring in our senior vatican analyst and the renged and editor of catholic magazi magazine. many are saying this is historic, haven't had a pope resign in 600 years, do we think it's more to it than health and vpsing age of this one? >> reporter: hi, suzanne we had a briefing with a vatican spokesperson today, who insis
since then, you know? >> the u.s. state department is now helping in that search. >>> and spoiler alert, spoiler alert, robin, the boy wonder, will die in a comic book that is going to be published this wednesday in issue number eight of batman incorporated, robin is bruce wayne's illegitimate son. his real name, damian wayne. he dies fighting an enemy who also happens to be his brother cloned from his dna. sadly, batman arrives too late to save him. >>> it is now officially the day after hollywood's biggest night. and piers morgan, of course he was in the thick of things on the red carpet. who wore what? who had the best after party? all your questions answered as piers will join me next from los angeles. don't miss it. i don'without goingcisions to angie's list first. you'll find reviews on home repair to healthcare written by people just like you. with angie's list, i know who to call, and i know the results will be fantastic. angie's list -- reviews you can trust. hi, i'm ensure clear... clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times mor
the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better. there's a lot of --
in so many different communities throughout the u.s. and certainly in this one. appreciate the update. we'll continue to follow it. >> now let's take a look at the manhunt that southern california authorities has citizens there on edge. the search for christopher dorner. that edge cuts any number of ways, the fear that the three killings he's already accused of may become many more. also the knowing apprehension that his central grievance and charges of racism in the lapd may spark the kind of wildfire law enforce has seen all too often. >> day five of the manhunt, and still snow sign of christopher dorner. >> kind of scary because you don't know where he is, and we have friends who live all over the mountain. you know, there's concern about them. >> on big bear mountain, about 100 miles east of los angeles, 30 officers are back at it. this time, expanding their hunt to more remote areas. while continuing their door to door searches of vacation homes. authorities are hoping a $1 million reward offered for information leading to dorner's capture and conviction will help. though since i
.5 million kids in the u.s. live in silence because their health insurance doesn't think they're essential. cnn's george howell sat down with 7-year-old hayden mckenzie for a look at the drastic measures he and his family have taken for him to hear. >> reporter: for 7-year-old hayden mckenzie, it takes a little more time in the morning to get started. and for his twin brother, colby, it takes more patience. >> our big question of the day is, you have a hearing aid on. can you hear me? i was thinking about this last night. it felt like a cell phone commercial. can you hear me? can you hear me now? >> reporter: he started losing his hearing when he was 4 years old, a crippling result of surgeries to repair his middle ear. >> these were hearing aids donated from a deceased child. this is a temporary thing? >> yeah. it's definitely not our ideal situation. it's definitely helping right now, but in order to get him the proper ones that he needs, you know, we would have to go through our audiologist and purchase them and the insurance just doesn't cover it. >> reporter: working class family, the
of the possible sequestration, the u.s. navy, cancelling the deployment of some other ships, cancelling some maintenance and pushing back some of the civilian contracts that they had signed. they say this is really just the tip of the iceberg, and down the road you could see a reduction in personnel. you could see training dramatically cut back in a lot of areas. >> chris, if these cuts do go into effect, they will be immediately felt or will be felt in the month his to come? >> reporter: this is going to be the toughest year, because critics will say look, once you get into year three, four and five, then the military will be able to dig in, cancel maybe some of the big contracts so that they can spread out the hurt a little more. the issue here is that pay and benefits take up about a third of the budget. you can't touch that with sequestration. also off limits are the wounded warrior program. they're not going to affect afghanistan that much. so to pull to make the cuts is smaller. and in a limited amount of time, you know, nine months left in a year, six months left in the fiscal year, t
. joining me now, sister mary edwall, the director of media relations for the u.s. conference of catholic bishops. good morning, sister. >> good morning. >> i know pope benedict said he's resigning because of his health. some people there's more to this. pope john paul suffered from parkinson's disease. he died while still pope. do you care to speculate? >> i think pope benedict xvi saw what it was like to have a papacy when the man at the head of the church is so ill. there's a slowdown, so to speak, in getting the work done during the papacy of john paul ii and also during the papacy of paul vi. so i think his own experience with what it means to have someone at the helm who is not up to 24/7 because of his own physical limitations probably influenced him. he knew more than others what this really meant because he was right there in the vatican. >> there are some big issues the catholic church is dealing with now, if the new pope is italian, as italians will be pushing for, or american, as americans are pushing for, is it more likely that the church will bend on perhaps allowing more wo
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. >>> good morning. breaking news. pope benedict xvi has announced he is resigning. scheduled to step down on february 24th. he is saying it is because of age and fatigue. we're getting the editor of cnn's belief blog. thank you for talking to us. we know that the pope can resign, canon law in 1917 made it possible. that said, it's incredibly unusual. >> yeah it is incredibly unusual. i was speaking with archbishop a few months ago in springfield and archbishop of miami. he said keep in mind, cardinal ratzinger when he was a cardinal had every intention of retiring. archbishops are forced into retirement at age of 75 if they have not been elevated to cardinal. before he became pope benedict, he every intention of hanging it up are, stepping into the summer of his life and enjoying retirement. he was in many ways a surprise candidate to the pope initially as we talked about. forced retirement, many of them look forward to. i have talked to a lot of cardinals in the retirement age and when you reach that age, keep in mind, ma
languages so there is a translation as to the statement made by the pope. u.s. the brief declaration, about 15 minutes, and we've listened to the pope's announcement for a great deal. and we -- we think that as soon as we have more information available and we make it available to you. as and perhaps u.s. necessait's for me to read this statement very clear. we have to see it word by word to understand the true meaning of the statement. he says that he has been searching his conscious, and he said it's a dope and profound personal decision he's taken before god, and in addition he was called to figure it out. and my forces are not -- >> we are listening to a press conference. this is live, and it is to discuss the fact that the pope has decided he is going to resign on february 28th. completely unprecedented and a lot of dialog about this. we are listening right now as a spokesperson was saying that what he said this was a deep and profound personal decision that he has taken before god. we're trying to figure out more details as to the why. why pope benedict xvi has decided to retire. >> h
're allowed to lie to you. >> of course. >> you lie to them, it's a violation of the u.s. code, usually a felony in any other jurisdiction. people have this idea that somehow they're going to talk their way out of it. you can't stop it. >> usually they don't lie as extravagantly as she did. this was off the charts. but you know, who is to say the jury isn't buying it? come on. i just don't know. >> what i can't figure out, the only mystery to me is why cable tv hasn't become fixated on it. >> you don't think they have? >> we're on cable tv right now. >> i want to tell you, it hasn't been wall to wall. >> this is pretty much the first time we have done it, but hln, they've been doing it. >> they need it. >> fascinating stuff. thank you very much. >>> just ahead, we'll update you on the breaking news, the blizzard pummeling texas and oklahoma. already smashed records. look at the images. chad meyers joins us with the latest on the storm's path. stin, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the
are allowed to lie to you. >> of course. the u.s. supreme court has said that. you lie to them, it's a false statement under 1001 of the u.s. code. it's usually a felony in any other jurisdiction, but people have this idea that somehow they're going to talk their way out of it. you can't stop it. >> usually they don't lie as extravagantly as she did. >> well, this one is off the charts in terms of the lies. >> but, you know, who's to say the jury isn't buying it? >> what i can't figure out -- the only mystery to me is why cable tv hasn't become fixated on this. not as much as they have. >> we're on cable tv now. >> it hasn't been wall to wall. >> this is pretty much the first time we're doing it. but on "hln," they've been doing it a lot. it's fast nate it's fascinating stuff. >>> just ahead, we're going to update you on the breaking news, the blizzard that is pummeling texas and oklahoma. it's already smashed records. the snow is still coming down. chad myers joins us again with the latest on the storm's path. >>> more on our breaking news. this is where the texas panhandle is dealing with
. this false claims act was started in the civil war when the u.s. government was being defrauded by contractors. said basically if you're a worker and see fraud and you start a lawsuit, we're going to reward you with 15% to 30% of what you recover. this could be a huge lawsuit. $100 million lawsuit. a lot of money at stake for the government and floyd landis, armstrong's teammate. >> landis is the one who filed the original lawsuit. he's considered the whistleblower in this case. >>> oscar pistorius, we'll get to that story coming up in a moment. >>> let's get to breaking news right now. this is coming to us from cambridge, massachusetts. students at m.i.t. are being told to stay indoors after reports of a person on campus wearing body armor and carrying a rifle. cnn affiliate wcvb reports that buildings in one area of the campus have been searched. but so far, they've not found anything unusual. again, they're being told that there's someone on campus wearing body armor, carrying a rifle. we'll get you updates as soon as we get more details. >>> the vatican is denying a news sto
in the u.s., must answer questions about pedophile priests in the los angeles diocese during his watch. now, internal church documents seem to show that mahoney was aware of priests abusing children but went out of his way to shield them from prosecution. we'll have much more on this story when the deposition gets underway this afternoon. >>> the justice department says it will go after lance armstrong for tens of millions of dollars. it will join the lawsuit filed by former postal service teammate floyd landis. now the suit says that armstrong and his team managers defrauded the government by accepting millions in funds. now i asked cycling analyst dave shields if armstrong can ever recover. >> different from athletes who have had maybe falls from grace. a huge parts of his popularity was due to his integrity. when he completely admits that he doesn't have integrity, i think it's going to be very difficult for anybody to trust him in the way that they did in the past. impossible, as a matter of fact. >> armstrong admitted last month to doping during his career. >>> the obama administration
for the u.s. coast guard, as well as for the national transportation safety board, are trying to figure out the source of sunday's fire that brought this cruise to a screeching halt. they have a lot of work ahead of them as they try to go into the engine room and figure out where the fire may have started. it might even have been somewhere else. they have to look through all of the systems on board the ship. they've already spent time talking with passengers before they disembark, and went to the far corners of the earth going back home again. but they'll also be examining the procedures that were followed after that fire took place. there is another engine room they could have turned to as an alternate source of power. however, investigators are saying that might have been a risky move. >> in this case, they may have been able to restore power, but really the safe thing to do was to tow the vessel back into port rather than try to reenergize a power system that was damaged by fire. >> reporter: investigators will also be examining what's called the voyage data recorder that among other thi
. >> reporter: many u.s. catholics are outraged because recently released court documents show mahoney helped protect accused pedophile priests from law enforcement. >> his attendance at the conclave is a slap in the face to catholics and to victims. >> reporter: in the 1980s, she was abused by a catholic school teacher. she's now an activist with s.n.a.p., survivors network of those abused by priests. >> here's a man that we now know through these documents released over the past month, for 25 years in the archdiocese of los angeles he covered up for child sexual abuse. >> reporter: newspaper columnist michael fit gerald was an altar boy in the '80s for mahoney. >> it's an issue of moral authority. they flouted the law, so he has no place voting for the church's highest spiritual authority. >> reporter: but mahoney isn't staying silent. far from it. on monday from rome he enraged his detractors by blogging this response to the controversy -- i can't recall a time such as now when people tend to be so judgemental and even self-righteous, so quick to accuse, judge and condemn. and often with s
into effect, there were 20 major airlines in the u.s. by 1990, there were only 12 in operation. today just seven. with usair and american merging we'll be down to six. usai and american don't have a lot of overlapping routes or hubs. in the end, there will be about eight routes out of the 900 or so that will only be served by one airline. susan? >> ali velshi, thank you. cnn "newsroom" continues now with deborah feyerick. deb? >> hey there, susan. looking at that freeze-dried pet thing -- >> not over it. >> we can't exactly figure out what to make of that. thanks so much. enjoy the rest of the afternoon. hi, everyone. 12:00 p.m. on the east coast, 9:00 a.m. on the west. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricka whitfield. if you're just tuning in, thanks for joining us. we have so much coming up for you. these are the top stories we're following right now in the "cnn newsroom." >>> a surprising announcement at the vatican today. a spokesman says the cardinals who will choose a successor to pope benedict xvi could meet sooner than first planned. the vatican says the date could move up with all
of snow this morning. good morning, amarillo. >>> a former u.s. surgeon general c. everett koop died at the age of 96. he served from 1982 to 1989 and he elevated the profile of the surgeon general's office. he was instrumental in getting the nation to focus on key health issues such as hiv and aids prevention and he convinced americans to stop smoking. >>> he brought some groans and controversy but seth mcfarland also brought ratings. more than 40 million viewers turned in to watch the academy awards. that's up 3% from last year. it's the second biggest audience in six years. and the key younger 18 to 34 demo which is in john berman's age demographic, that group shot up by 20%. of course, "argo" took home the best picture oscar. now former hostages in iran are hoping the film's high profile will boost the he wases to be paid reparations by iran. the movie told of six people that escaped during the siege. 52 others were held for 444 days in the u.s. embassy. their life on pause. whole nation just waiting. remember the yellow ribbons? the "argo" movie brought back those days, what it
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